Audience Access

Organisations that received Audience Access funding 2018 - 2019

2018 – 2019 saw a total of 22 organisations supported through our Audience Access fund, with projects ranging from developing targeted audiences at arts centres to supporting audience growth for community cinemas and film festivals.

Find out more about our Audience Access funding here.

Abertoir International Horror Festival 2018

13 – 18 November 2018, Aberystwyth


Abertoir continues to bring the best in specialist horror films to West Wales. The annual film festival continues to grow, with Audience Access supporting more opportunities to reach new audiences as well as piloting satellite events in north and south Wales as part of the festival.




Aberystwyth Arts Centre


Audience Access supports plans to increase audience development work at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, championing inclusivity within their cinema. Plans include working with their community to build screenings around BAME audiences as well as developing access schemes for the venue including more relaxed and targeted subtitled screenings.




Black History Month Wales: I Am Not a Witch

A free screening of Rungano Nyoni’s BAFTA award-winning I Am Not a Witch to celebrate Black History Month Wales in October 2018. The event at The Pierhead was hosted by Vaughan Gething AM in association with Race Council Cymru and Watch Africa Cymru, and featured a Q&A session with Nyoni.






Cardiff Mini Film Festival


Ffilm Cymru continues to support Cardiff Mini Film Festival to help the festival grow and expand its audience. The festival creates a platform for upcoming filmmakers, as well as building networks with local organisations and community groups to expand the reach of their work.





Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog


The community-led arts centre, which features a restaurant, bar and music venue, is also home to the first cinema in Blaenau Ffestiniog since the 1950s.






FLIX, Cardiff Community Housing Association


Ffilm Cymru continues to support Cardiff Community Housing Association’s community cinema FLIX. The cinema provides film programming for the people living within their community, as well as looking to engage economically challenged and socially isolated communities in Cardiff.





Focus Wales

16 – 18 May 2019


Wrexham’s music and arts festival will take place this summer, featuring over 200 live music sets from emerging and established Welsh talent, as well as a new event screening shorts from young filmmakers.







The grassroots cultural organisation and platform for radical thinking, creative practice and social change will use their Audience Access award to reach out to BAME groups and refugees with film. Gentle/Radical will explore global social and political issues through films, guest speakers and events, while providing a volunteer scheme, a crèche and free tickets for asylum seekers.




Iris Prize Festival 2018

9 - 14 October 2018, Cardiff


Ffilm Cymru continues to support Cardiff’s International LGBT+ film festival through Audience Access. The festival provides an opportunity for audiences to see the best LGBT+ short films on the big screen but also creates opportunities for education and networking. The funding also supports the festival’s outreach work to increase access to films featured in the festival including events in Llandudno and work with Youth Pride Cymru.



Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival


Running across Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival helped audiences explore the latest and best in Japanese animation, with films to suit all ages, as well as workshops and masterclasses with Japanese animators. Their funding award supported Kotatsu in continuing to build new audiences, working alongside local community, youth and refugee groups to widen the festival’s reach.




Memo Arts Centre, Barry


Barry’s cinema, theatre and live music venue will use their Audience Access award to help increase access for those with disabilities and dementia by providing transport to its accessible screenings from care homes.






Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda


Audience Access funding is supporting this rural venue in North Wales to celebrate local culture with a focus on Welsh-language film and a community-published fanzine.






PICS Young Persons Film Festival 2019

23 February - 1 March 2019, Caernarfon


Held annually at Galeri, PICS celebrates the work of young filmmakers in North Wales. Audience Access helps the festival to provide Welsh language learning opportunities and film experiences for young people, while also continuing to develop the reach of the festival.




Pontardawe Arts Centre


Pontardawe Arts Centre continue to build their audiences through partnerships with Pontardawe Film Club as well as local schools and youth groups. The year they are also starting a film academy for 9-13 years olds, as well as a family-friendly scheme with £1 tickets for children.





Pontio, Bangor


The arts centre’s new funding supports their project to encourage the community in Bangor to make the most of their local independent cinema. Their initiatives include providing more Welsh-language cinema, community interaction through volunteering, creating access for families with children with additional needs, and continuing the venue’s engagement of student and young audiences through film, gaming and interactive content. 




Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea


This year Taliesin will expand its new student membership scheme, offering interactive experiences with review writing, while continuing to provide a full-time space in Swansea for independent and world cinema.






Theatr Clwyd, Mold


Supporting research to help understand their audiences, identifying development opportunities for the future. Their cinema team are currently working to target new audience aged 16 – 30, but also have plans to extend this work to include outreach with local schools and colleges.





Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard


Since the transfer of the theatre to Theatr Gwaun Community Trust in 2017, the team have been working on ways to develop their programme as well as access to it. The funding supports audience research, development of their online presence, and the building of new networks within the community.



Upper Afan Movies

Cymmer Afan Community Library: www.cymmercommunitylibrary.org

Gwynfi Miners Community Hall: www.theworkmenshall.co.uk

Following on from collaborations as part of Film in Afan, Gwynfi Community Cinema and Cymmer Afan Community Library continue to provide screenings in an area with little film provision. Ffilm Cymru supports strands of programming, particularly those targeted at young people, and to continues to support initiatives to maintain free transport, low ticket prices and bringing new audiences to the cinema.


Wales One World Film Festival 2019

21 March 2019, venues across Wales


Funding this year supports the festival’s continued strategy to reach young and diverse audiences, this included outreach work and developing new partnerships. This year’s festival will focus on F-rated – written by, directed by and/or starring women – films, and feature community outreach screenings of Welsh-language films.



The Welfare, Ystradgynlais


Audience Access funding will help The Welfare, Ystradgynlais to forge partnerships with health and wellbeing organisations to offer dementia and autism friendly screenings, as well as equipping staff with specialised training. 






Wicked Wales Film Festival


The Wicked Wales Film Festival in Rhyl screens films by young people, for young people. The festival in September 2018 featured a celebration of British animation as part of Film Hub Wales’ Anim18 programme. Wicked Wales also hosts outreach events throughout the year, including pop-up and community cinema screenings in Denbighshire’s rural villages and empty shops, as well as running a year-round community cinema programme in Rhyl.